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Mathematical writing and writing mathematics: The transition from secondary to university mathematics

R Pierce, C Bardini, A Downton (ed.), S Livy (ed.), J Hall (ed.)

MERGA | Published : 2017

Abstract

This paper reports findings from research on students’ use and understanding of mathematical symbols, which has been recognised as playing a major role in students’ success in mathematics. One goal is to identify potential trouble spots for the usage of symbols as students travel the path between school and university mathematics. We present a framework that supports a fine-grained analysis allowing us to better apprehend the subtle differences in students’ experiences with symbolic expressions. This is illustrated by considering some first year mathematics students’ written responses to questions and insights from interviews with senior secondary teachers and university lecturers and tutors..

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